Before founding the CTA, he was a neuroscientist in the University of Maryland's medical school, and did both up until four years ago when he turned to triathlons full time.

And, as he explained bluntly, "I know about death."

For a man who has finished the Ironman Kona in Hawaii six times, Vigorito still gets inspired every time he watches a CTA triathlon. Imagine how much that feeling swells when he stands on the stage of Celebrating Heroes, watching amputees and paraplegics and kids that have been in wheelchairs their entire life cross the finish line.

"As Ironman's theme is 'Anything is possible,' but it's only possible if you release and are disengaged from the baggage that you carry and you go forward," Vigorito said.

"I don't care if you are watching and you are 65, 70 years old. You see this kid in a wheelchair? What do you mean you can't do it? What is that? Where's can't?"

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Celebrating Heroes Triathalon

Sunday, June 24th starting at 7 a.m.

Centennial Lake Park

Registration is closed